Despite what some studies may suggest, “there is no danger associated with the use of sunscreen,” say Canadian dermatologists. They states that certain compounds may however cause allergic reactions or intolerances. In this regard, oxybenzone and retinyl palmitate are two controversial ingredients: children and people with sensitive skin should avoid using a product containing them. Sunscreen plays an important role in preventing sunburn, premature aging of the skin and skin cancer.
Here are a few tips:
- Practice outdoor activities at times of the day when the UV index is lower, either in the morning or late afternoon.
- Reapply sunscreen every 3 hours: some components degrade under the effect of the sun, reducing the protective effect of the cream.
- Beware of high SPF sunscreens (50 and more) which give a false sense of security: there is only a difference of protection of 1 to 2% between a sunscreen SPF 30 and SPF 50! In general, it is advisable to opt for an SPF 30 screen.
- Avoid choosing a sunscreen based on its price or for a specific area of the body (body, face): there is often little or no difference.
- For children and people with sensitive skin, opt for a mineral (or “physical”) sunscreen rather than for a chemical cream. The type of cream is normally indicated on the package. If this is not the case, it is possible to identify if it is a mineral cream when ingredients such as zinc oxide or titanium oxide appear in the list of ingredients
- Choose a cream suitable for its skin type (oily, dry, mixed, acne prone) and its sensitivity (with or without perfume